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  • Is strangles the same as pigeon fever?
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    01-04-2012, 11:55 AM
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Green Broke
Pigeon Fever!

Anybody else had to deal with this?

Our ordeal started when the AQHA World Show was in town. We were going to be performing with our drill team, and we were on our way to pick up one of the other riders horses. She called me, saying her horses chest was swollen up huge, wasn't bothering him, and was hard as a rock. She called the vet, and the vet said it was Pigeon Fever but wasn't contagious until it develops an abscess and pops. So, we loaded up Harley and went on to the show.

About a week ago, I took off Sassy's blanket to saddle her up for a ride. As I put the breast collar on her, I noticed a huge, pink bubble on her chest, just ready to pop. Looked like a huge boil! Almost alien like! I'm amazed I hadn't noticed it at all until then. It popped one day later. She is in quarentine about 50 yards from any horse, I clean her up daily and bleach everything that enters her pen.

It's going around our town apparently..Madison's horse had it (Sassy was in the trailer right next to him), my best friends horse had it and is almost over it, and then somebody that is a few miles from my house has a couple of horses with it.
     
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    01-04-2012, 12:38 PM
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Trained
The vet never should of let that horse go to the show!!!

It is highly contagious!!! Even if the skin hasn't broken yet. Even if you clean with bleach it will always be inyour soil. I went through this about 3 years ago. And we dealt with it for months....it is horrible. All of my horses got it and one of them fought it for a couple of months. I am so sorry you have to go through this. Make sure you sterilize everything. Wear latex gloves. Make sure anything you use on the horse that has it doesn't get used for other horses.
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    01-04-2012, 12:47 PM
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Green Broke
I know right?!?! Freaking World Show too...ugh.

I was told it's mainly the younger horses that are susceptible to it..all the horses that I know that have gotten it are under 10. Sassy is 4, so my main concern is making sure my 2 year old doesn't get it. Rosie was in the trailer with Harley also, she is 20 and hasn't shown any signs. I'm a tad cautious with Sassy's dam, Dream, and she is 10.
     
    01-04-2012, 12:47 PM
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Is it contracted from horses just being around pigeons that are carrying it, or eating something that had pigeon poop on it, or?
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    01-04-2012, 12:54 PM
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Green Broke
Nothing to do with Pigeons actually, their chest just swells up LIKE a pigeons:)
     
    01-04-2012, 12:58 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Showjumper1    
Is it contracted from horses just being around pigeons that are carrying it, or eating something that had pigeon poop on it, or?
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Pigeon fever has nothing to do with actual pigeons. It's similar to strangles as abscesses will form but it's caused by a different bacteria and there is no vaccination for Pigeon fever where the is one for Strangles.

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    01-04-2012, 01:05 PM
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Foal
Oh ok
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    01-04-2012, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by MangoRoX87    
I know right?!?! Freaking World Show too...ugh.

I was told it's mainly the younger horses that are susceptible to it..all the horses that I know that have gotten it are under 10. Sassy is 4, so my main concern is making sure my 2 year old doesn't get it. Rosie was in the trailer with Harley also, she is 20 and hasn't shown any signs. I'm a tad cautious with Sassy's dam, Dream, and she is 10.
I am not sure about the age on which horses are more apt to get it but all my horses got it and the ages ranged from 2-17. So I would protect all of them the same to be on the safe side.
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    01-04-2012, 01:15 PM
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Green Broke
I am doing my best to keep Sassy away and confortable. Didn't help when Rosie decided to bust through the gate behind my back to go say "HI". AWESOME. Lol
And I remember seeing a tiny flat bump on Dusty's face this morning.

If two horses get it, can you keep them together? I don't have a whole lot of options if two go down with it..
     
    01-04-2012, 01:18 PM
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Green Broke
Call your Vet and ask. You wouldn't want to find out the hard way that you shouldn't have allowed the sickies to keep each other company.
     

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